Published/updated on 11.08.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 24566 points | Date of Tour: 08.08.2019
This absolutely stunning hike from Mount Brienzer Rothorn to the Glaubenbielen Pass is an equally breathtaking alternative to the very popular "Brienzer Rothorn to Brünig Pass" hiking tour, with the major difference that it involves one third less descent and offers possibly even more variety especially in terms of views.
The first half of this tour follows the same route as the regular hike, namely to the large natural look-out platform called Gibel, but then heads North on the "Obwaldner Höhenweg" (Obwalden High Trail) toward the fantastic rocky outcropping known as the Giswilerstock. Besides the iconic views across the fabulous turquoise Lake Brienzersee with its backdrop of Bernese Alps, and southeast into the Haslital Valley, the eyes are treated to some very wide-reaching views down the Mariental Valley (Sörenberg) all the way to the elongated Ridge called Schrattenfluh to the West, past the magnificent Giswilerstock and across Lake Sarnensee to the North, Mount Titlis and the Trift Glacier to the East, as well as the Haslital Valley to the South.
On both sections before and after Gibel, the tour consists of large sections of ridge trail, adventurous but not difficult, although not advisable for people with fear of heights.
Mount Brienzer Rothorn is perhaps best known for the steam-powered cogwheel train (oldest steam cogwheel train in Switzerland) that makes its way in an hour from Brienz at the lake across the huge alpine meadow called Planalp, to the summit station where the hike begins. Alternatively, one can access the ridge via cableway from the North side (Sörenberg) along a flank where you might catch a glimpse of ibex, as they are known to reside here.
Check carefully the schedule for Glaubenbielen as the bus runs only three times per day in each direction. Last trip of the day is 17:32 (direction Sörenberg). Runs only from mid-June till mid-October. // If traveling from Northern Switzerland to ride the steam railway, need to search SBB timetable with "via Brienz", otherwise only the ascent with cableway via Sörenberg is given // On the side of the mountain where the cable car ascends, one can often see Ibex.
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